WRITTEN BY: Paul David Power STARRING: Pat Dempsey, Paul David Power & Matt White DIRECTED BY: Danielle Irvine DRAMATURGY BY: Robert Chafe LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Robert Gauthier SOUND DESIGN BY: George Robertson STAGE MANAGED BY: Kristi Mikoda PRODUCED BY: Power Productions
“Crippled” that’s what the guys in Tony’s small community of Shale Harbour, NL used to call him growing up. The name stuck. Years later, Tony finds himself on the St. John’s waterfront at a crossroad. Tired of living with a disability, of being ‘the cripple’, and still grieving the death of his same sex partner three years earlier, Tony believes there’s only one way to escape a life he no longer wants to live. His mind is made up until a stranger appears with other plans for Tony.
The award winning and critically acclaimed Crippled is a hard-hitting story about loss and redemption from playwright and actor Paul David Power. Based on Power’s own experiences, including living with a physical disability, Crippled is a story about love and grief on both the personal and universal level.
***** "Honest storytelling at its best." - Grid City Magazine, Saint John, NB *****Crippled is an absolutely masterful piece of writing – apt613.ca-Ottawa ON *****“Crippled” reminds audiences of humanity’s resilience and capacity for love – The Telegram, St. John’s NL *****”…would watch again a million times.” – Damsel in a Dress, NL Award Winner – Best Production – Fundy Fringe Festival 2017, Saint John NB Award Winner – Best thing to happen in theatre - 2018 People’s Choice Awards – The Overcast, St. John’s NL
Photo credit: Dave Howells
Based out of St. John's NL, Pat Dempsey's recent credits include the web series Blue Moon, and City TV's Hudson and Rex. When not acting, Pat works as video/sound/lighting designer for theatre, is the Associate Technical Director for the LSPU Hall/Resource Centre for the Arts, and teaches technical theatre at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He would like to thank Ben for their constant support.
Paul David Power has spent the past 25 years working as a writer, playwright, actor and director. His formal training includes holding a BA in English with a concentration in theatre and a BAA in Journalism. Paul has a long history in raising awareness and understanding about disability issues through his work and currently is the Artistic Director for Power Productions.
Matt White is a graduate of the memorial University Grenfell Campus' Fine Arts Program in Corner Brook, NL. Matt's experience is varied - ranging from comedy to Shakespeare, Restoration Era drama to radio soap opera. Matt has spent time on air at various radio stations as a host and producer. In 2019, Matt also appeared in two episodes of the City TV drama Hudson and Rex. He currently calls Portugal Cove home with his wife Denielle and two children, Eric and Emma. Matt is very grateful to be a part of such an important and thought provoking production and hopes the show allows the audience to gain a renewed appreciation for our shared human experience.
Robert Chafe is a playwright based in St. John’s, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia and in the United States. He is the author of seventeen stage scripts and co-author of another eight. He was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh in 2004, and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2016 he premiered his first opera, Ours, with composer John Estacio (Opera on the Avalon) and released his first book of short fiction - Two Man Tent (Breakwater Books) - which went on to be a finalist for the Winterset Award. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
Robert Gauthier is an award winning lighting designer having spent many years working across Canada including with the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Centre. Currently, he is senior technician with the Resource Centre for the Arts in St. John’s NL.
Danielle Irvine is an award-winning Newfoundland-based theatre director who has worked across Canada for over 20 years. Highlights of her career include six years teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal; assistant directing at the Stratford Festival of Canada for two seasons (including being the first director to study in their Birmingham Conservatory); and winning the Canada Council for the Arts prestigious John Hirsch Prize for Directing and the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Protégée Prize under Jillian Keiley. Along with her current position as Artistic Director for Perchance Theatre, Danielle has co-founded two other successful theatre companies and is also the current founding artistic director of SweetlineTheatre. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations and has spent many years working in television and movie casting including CBC's Republic of Doyle and and the Netflix series, Frontier.
Kirsti is a Stage Manager with many years of experience. Some of her credits from St. John’s include: Oedipus and Antigone (ACC), Parlour Song (C2C Theatre), Jerry’d Alive! (RCA), and the last four seasons of Perchance Theatre at Cupids, where she works as the Technical Director and Fight Choreographer.
George Robertson lives in St John’s and has worked as an actor, musician, and sound designer (often simultaneously in 2 or 3 of these capacities) with many theatre companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Perchance Theatre, RCA Theatre Company, Persistence Theatre, Rising Tide, c2c theatre, Open Theatre Company, New Curtain Theatre, Kanutu Theatre, Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Shakespeare By The Sea, Beothuck Street Players, Nothing On Productions, and many others, as well as appearing in several locally produced film and television projects.
ABOUT POWER PRODUCTIONS
Power Productions is committed to creating diverse and accessible theatre projects, professional development opportunities and community collaborations with a focus on strengthening the disabled, deaf and MAD arts sector in Atlantic Canada.
Power Productions was incorporated in 2018 as a non-profit organization and is led by a formal Board and Artistic Director.
The company’s ongoing work includes producing diverse theatrical works, raising awareness about accessibility for both artists and audiences and supporting community projects.